pan and scan

[ panuhn skan ]
/ ˈpæn ən ˈskæn /

noun Television.

a technique for changing the aspect ratio of a wide-screen film, usually by selecting the significant section of each film frame and cropping the sides, so that it can be transmitted in 4:3 aspect ratio.

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Origin of pan and scan

First recorded in 1980–85; see pan3, scan (def. 6)

OTHER WORDS FROM pan and scan

pan-and-scan, adjective
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